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Whaley Bridge dam wall collapse in pictures

Helicopter drops supplies Image copyright Danny Lawson/PA Media
Image caption Sandbags are being dropped to shore up the dam

Emergency work is under way to repair the Toddbrook Reservoir dam in Derbyshire after it was damaged by heavy rain.

About 1,500 residents were evacuated from Whaley Bridge on Thursday evening amid fears they were in "mortal danger".

Engineers pumped water out of the reservoir in an attempt to stop up to 300 million gallons of water bursting through the damaged dam.

An RAF Chinook has been flying in repair materials to shore up the dam and has dropped more than 500 tonnes of aggregate.

Helicopter flies in over reservoir Image copyright Yui Mok/PA Media
Image caption Efforts are being made to release water from the reservoir while also shoring up the dam
Chinook hovers over dam Image copyright Yui Mok/PA Media
Image caption The operation has been going since Thursday
Helicopter flies in over misty valley Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption The helicopter has come and gone from the scene
People and a dog watch the helicopter repair Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Police, the Environment Agency and the Canal and River Trust have all said there is a "real risk" the dam could collapse
Dam wall Image copyright PA Media
Image caption By Saturday morning, sandbags dropped by the helicopter covered most of the collapsed section
View of the dam from the top Image copyright @fraglast/PA Media
Image caption Part of the reservoir's spillway broke away on Thursday
The collapsed dam Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Engineers feared Whaley Bridge could be swamped if the Toddbrook Reservoir burst
Aerial view of dam Image copyright AFP Photo/Derbyshire Constabulary
Image caption Heavy rain caused damage to the dam
The collapsed dam Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Most of the residents of Whaley Bridge were evacuated on Thursday
Emergency workers in Whaley Bridge Image copyright PA Media
Image caption Residents were asked to gather in the neighbouring town of Chapel-en-le-Frith
Toddbrook Reservoir Image copyright PA Media
Image caption The dam was built in 1831
Emergency workers in Whaley Bridge Image copyright PA Media
Image caption Teams have been working non-stop to try to stop the dam from bursting
Whaley Bridge Image copyright PA Media
Image caption Whaley Bridge town centre was said to be like a ghost town after residents and business people left
General view of the village Image copyright Reuters/Phil Noble
Image caption The water level has now been reduced significantly
Dam recovery Image copyright BBC Panorama
Image caption Engineers have built two roads to allow pumps to be moved closer to the site
Dam scene Image copyright BBC Panorama
Image caption About 20 residents remain in properties despite warnings they are at risk
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